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Located between China and South Korea, on the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly known as North Korea. North Korea's official name contains two misnomers, as it is not a democracy and the people have virtually no say in how their government is run. One could even argue that the "republic" in North Korea's official name is also a misnomer, since, although elections are held in North Korea, they're non-competitive since North Korea is a single-party communist state currently led by Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.
Located south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that runs from west to east across the Korean Peninsula is the Republic of Korea, commonly known as South Korea. South Korea is a U.S. ally and has a similar form of government to what the United States has, although there are many differences.
According to Republicans Sarah Palin and John Shimkus, we have to stand with our North Korean allies and it's difficult to deal with the South Korean dictatorship. Their geopolitical view of the Korean Penisula is completely backwards from reality.